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The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997)

A film scrapbook, images, phrases from our past, hiding their meanings behind veils. Let's lift those veils, one by one, to find how images, at one time seeming innocent, have revealed, after decades, to have homosexual overtones.

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Mark Rappaport
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Credited cast:
Dan Butler ... Host / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Ameche ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Arthur ... Himself (archive footage)
Lucille Ball ... Herself (archive footage)
Noah Beery Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Blore ... Himself (archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage)
Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Brennan ... Himself (archive footage)
Montgomery Clift ... Himself (archive footage)
Claudette Colbert ... Herself (archive footage)
Gary Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)
John Dall ... Himself (archive footage)
Bette Davis ... Herself (archive footage)
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Filmmaker Mark Rappaport cleans out the proverbial closet of Hollywood and film history and unearths a veritable treasure of homo-erotic and gay subliminal gems, including everything from comedies to westerns, film-noir to musicals, and everything in between. Host/narrator Dan Butler leads us through a fun, but extensively documented, exploration of gay film history, from subliminal subtext to clearly visible. Included are many film clips of classic films and golden age stars. Written by trivwhiz

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USA

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English

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November 1997 (USA) See more »

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Even though this film is about gay subtexts or undercurrents in movies of the 1930s-1960s, there are no references or clips from movies which were specifically, or at least more overtly, about gay subject matter, even for comparison, such as Victim (1961), The Children's Hour (1961), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Staircase (1969), or Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), all of which were early mass market gay films. See more »

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Not For The Closeted
23 May 2010 | by fshepincSee all my reviews

It's interesting to read the outraged "reviews" others have posted here. The title makes it clear what the author/director's point of view is –Why act shocked? This documentary explores themes and images that are now archetypal, from a modern gay perspective. That it could merely be our modern eyes seeing more than the various filmmakers intended is a question that is explored, but the director provides so many examples that, in the end, you find yourself accepting his point of view.

This documentary is unabashedly gay; written and directed by, and starring gay men. It assumes that the viewer is either gay, or completely comfortable with and knowledgeable about homosexuality. This is not meant for closet cases. Those who approach it with an open mind (and a decent knowledge of old movies and character actors) will find it extremely interesting and enjoyable. Film buffs and queer historians won't find too much here that's new, but the included clips provide clear, specific examples of the topic.


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